Raja Calls for Oversight Committee to Subpoena White House Tapes and Documentation of Comey and Flynn Firings in Wake of Attorney General’s Failure to Disclose Russia Contacts
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, released the following statement in response to reports of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ failure to disclose Russia meetings in his application for a security clearance:
“Attorney General Sessions’ failure to disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials on his federal security clearances echoes both his false sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and General Michael Flynn’s own failure to disclose his own contact with representatives of the Kremlin. While the revelation of the Attorney General’s false testimony led to his promising to recuse himself from investigations related to Russian interference, he still participated in the firing of FBI Director Comey who was leading those investigations.
The Attorney General’s contacts with the Russian government and repeated failure to disclose them reinforce the need for Mr. Mueller’s investigation as special prosecutor, but also for an independent commission. While Mr. Mueller’s work as a special prosecutor will be dedicated to criminal investigations, an independent, 9/11-style commission’s fact-finding would address serious questions of public integrity and national security beyond criminal violations.
Beyond the Attorney General’s conduct, this report highlights the Trump administration’s repeated appointment of officials who failed to disclose their contact with the Russian government when they applied for security clearances. In addition to Attorney General Sessions, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner failed to divulge contacts with representatives of the Russian government in seeking authorization to work with classified material.
In response to these allegations, I am renewing my call for the Oversight Committee to subpoena all documents and recordings relating to the firings of James Comey and Michael Flynn from the White House, as well as all potentially illicit communications with foreign agents. Given this administration's issues with disclosing foreign contacts, Congress needs to assert itself and secure these vital records.”